Man on Crutches Shoots, Kills 1 of 2 Burglars to Protect Daughter, Is Then Charged With Expired FOID
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|Incident at a Glance|
|# of Suspects:||2||Shots Fired:||Multiple|
|Suspect Killed:||No, Yes||State:||IL|
Only in Illinois (well maybe California, New York and New Jersey as well) could the victim in a home invasion end up being charged with a crime.
However, that is exactly what happened when a Chicago, Illinois man used a firearm to defend himself and his 18 year old daughter.
According to The Chicago Tribune,
The 44-year-old homeowner was sleeping when his frightened 18-year-old daughter woke him up, then told him that she heard noises and thought someone was breaking into the apartment behind theirs, according to a police report.
He did not see anyone at first, so he returned to his bedroom to get his gun. When he went back to the rear apartment, he saw two intruders “charging towards” him so he shot at them, according to the report.
Both burglars stopped, turned around and ran back towards the back door, but one of them collapsed and fell to the floor.
Two men were seen running away and yelling gang slogans and the 44-year-old told his daughter to call 911.
One of the suspects was shot and was declared dead at the scene. Based on preliminary reports, it is unclear what happened to the second suspect.
During the course of the investigation, officers discovered that the homeowner’s FOID (that’s a firearm owner identification card for the rest of the country) was expired. He was charged for possessing a gun without a current FOID. That charge is a misdemeanor.
Illinois is one of the few states that requires gun owners to have a permit simply to possess a firearm. Usually when I post a story like this from Illinois my readers from the rest of the country are surprised/outraged to learn that you need a permit (which must be renewed) simply to possess a gun in the privacy of your own home. Reason #241 that I won’t be visiting Illinois anytime soon.